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The findings seem to corroborate ancient Egyptian texts that claim Ramesses III was targeted in a palace coup initiated by one of his wives, Tiye, and her son, Pentawere, a potential claimant to the throne, although reports differ as to whether the assassination was successful.
Prior to the scans, there was no obvious evidence that the king’s throat had been slashed, since the mummy’s neck area was completely wrapped in bandages that could not be removed for reasons of preservation.
“Before now we knew more or less nothing about the destiny of Ramesses III,” said lead researcher Albert Zink. “We were very surprised by what we found. We still cannot be sure that the cut killed him, but we think it did.”
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